Kevin Hart Has Another Box Office Hit with ‘What Now?’

According to the Hollywood Reporter, “What Now?” came in second place at the box office this past weekend.

The Hollywood Reporter writes:

In addition to Hanks and Affleck, another popular star fared well at the box office — Kevin Hart. Universal’s stand-up comedy pic Kevin Hart: What Now? opened to $12 million domestically from 2,567 theaters, tying with fellow Universal title The Girl on the Train for the No. 2 spot — the final order will be revealed Monday — and coming in ahead of the $10 million debut of Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, which went to become one of the top-grossing stand-up comedy pics of all time in 2013.

“He’s a genuine comedic movie star, and the definition of what’s funny today,” says Universal distribution chief Nick Carpou. The film played to a diverse audience: 43 percent African-American, 24 percent Caucasian, 23 percent Hispanic, and 9 percent Asian/other.

What Now?, which nabbed an A- CinemaScore, follows the final performance of Hart’s wildly successful stand-up comedy tour at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field in August 2015, along with a dress rehearsal. Hart’s previous stand-up film, 2013’s Let Me Explain, opened to $10 million on its way to earning $32.3 million domestically, the third-best showing of all time for a stand-up comedy movie.

Leslie Small and Tim Story directed What Now?, which also features special appearances by Halle Berry and Don Cheadle. The film, which cost under $10 million to make, played evenly gender-wise, and drew a number of younger moviegoers, with 46 percent of the audience under the age of 25.

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